UFC on FX 5 serving as its opening act, “The Ultimate Fighter
16” drew a season-best 1.1 million viewers to FX for its fourth
episode on Friday night.
That figure, which Sherdog.com confirmed with an industry source,
marks a significant increase from the previous week’s 775,000
viewers who tuned in to watch Episode 3. It also topped the
audiences for the season premiere (947,000 viewers) and second
episode (872,000). By comparison, the fourth episode of “TUF 15” --
also known as “The Ultimate Fighter: Live” -- also pulled in 1.1
million viewers in March.
UFC on FX 5, which was headlined by a heavyweight bout between
Silva and Travis
Browne, was watched by 1.1 million people as well.
The fourth installment of “TUF 16” featured a first-round matchup
between Team Carwin’s Bristol
Marunde and Team Nelson’s Julian Lane,
a bout Marunde won via unanimous decision.
“The Ultimate Fighter” began airing on Spike in 2005 and remained
on the network through last year. When the Ultimate Fighting
Championship joined forces with Fox, the series moved to FX in
2012. “TUF 15” was the first iteration of the reality series to
feature live fights at the end of each show, but the UFC has
returned to the taped format for the current season.
Featuring former interim heavyweight champion Shane
Carwin and “TUF 10” winner Roy Nelson as
coaches, “TUF 16” began with 32 welterweights vying for a
six-figure UFC contract. Carwin and Nelson -- along with the
170-pound finalists -- will square off at the show’s finale on Dec.
15 in Las Vegas.